Aleksandra Zawada AiR 2013 (Artist in Residence)

Aleksandra Zawada’s practice is concerned with ways of looking in the digital era. She is interested in how technology informs the way we look and how we categorise what we see. She often merges art context with fluidity of the digital data as well as photography with other mediums.

Photographs, both original and from varied sources investigate the concept of original in digital age, as well as collective ownership of the image and subjective feeling of time and space. Themes of collection, public and intimate spaces are prominent interests in her practice. They often overlap and are examined on multiple occasions, becoming an excuse to elaborate on interactions between the viewed and the viewer, object and it’s surrounding.

Through the residency, she will develop a new body of work responding both to the environment of Modena, but also attempting to create a dialogue with work of Luigi Ghirri, whose work she deeply admires. The residency will lead to both researching Ghirri’s work as well as focusing on devoting time to create series of purely photographic work.

Slide show: 
Aleksandra Zawada, Green Book 2012
Aleksandra Zawada, Green Book 2012
Aleksandra Zawada, Green Book 2012
Aleksandra Zawada, Green Book 2012
Biography: 

Aleksandra Zawada (b. 1982, Poland) lives and works in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011, retraining as an artist after studying Medical Science in Medical University in Gdansk (2004). She was awarded 2011 RSA Barns-Graham Travel Scholarship and Andrew Grand Travel Scholarship 2009. Recent exhibitions include New Work (2013), Here/Now (2012), 186th Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition (2012). She has also exhibited in China (site specific project in Beijing in 2011), Japan (2009), where she studied in 2009/10, and Edinburgh: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2013 & 2012), Hunted Projects (2011), Edinburgh College of Art (2011 & 2009), Window on Talent (2010) and Edinburgh International Festival in 2008.